Milkweed bugs are Lygaeidae which are part of the family in the Hemiptera with more than 110 species in 4 subfamilies. Many of the species feed on seeds, although some feed on sap
In August, milkweed seed pods are often covered by a collection of little orange and black bugs. These are the nymph of the Milkweed Bug.
Adult females deposit her eggs between the crevices between milkweed seed pods and also on the out of the pods. It takes 4-6 days for the eggs to hatch and the tiny nymphs emerge. Over a month’s time, the nymphs will molt going through 5 instar phases before becoming adults.
Like the Monarch Butterfly, they avoid predators by feeding on milkweed, becoming too bitter and toxic to be eaten.
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